A senior admin official tells Fox the President, VP, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough have all been making phone calls on Sunday to individual Senators and House Members urging them to vote in favor of the authorization of military force in Syria.
This is the most extensive lobbying the White House has engaged in, in what this official calls a “flood the zone” strategy.
Before the President’s reversal that led to him holding up any military launch in order to seek votes in Congress, Republican leaders had accused Obama of not doing enough to make his case. This is a clear acknowledgement the White House knows this will be an uphill battle and is trying to raise its game.
The official confirms the President called Sen. John McCain on Saturday and invited him to the WH on Monday along with other lawmakers.
The President will also be making more calls on Monday, per the official, and there will be another conference call for House Members with top officials on Monday.
“In all calls and briefings, we will be making the same fundamental case: the failure to take action against Assad unravels the deterrent impact of the international norm against chemical weapons use, and it risks emboldening Assad and his key allies – Hizbollah and Iran – who will see that there are no consequences for such a flagrant violation of an international norm. Anyone who is concerned about Iran and its efforts in the region should support this action,” said the official.
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